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A Future Worth Building: What Tradeswomen Say about the Change They Need in the Construction Industry
More women than ever work in the trades, including women apprentices from all racial and ethnic backgrounds. Yet, while numbers are growing, women still are fewer than one in twenty of construction workers.

Please join us for a webinar to mark the release of IWPR’s new report on what helps and hinders women’s success in the trades. The report is based on the IWPR 2021 Tradeswomen’s Retention and Advancement Survey, which was answered by over 2,600 tradeswomen, including close to 600 apprentices. Participants will hear directly from tradeswomen about the role of the broader tradeswomen community and women-focused training programs in supporting the next generation of women working in the trades. Federal and state program administrators will also join to discuss policies that help create respectful, discrimination-free workplaces and ensure that women get fair access to publicly funded construction jobs.

• Bryce Covert, Independent Journalist and contributing writer at The Nation (Moderator)
• Janelle DeJan, IBEW 130, NOTEP Electrical Instructor; Founder of NOLA Skilled Women in the Trades and Manufacturing
• Ariane Hegewisch, Senior Research Fellow, Institute for Women’s Policy Research
• Michele Hodge, Deputy Director, Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs
• Denise Johnson, Director of Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, ANEW Seattle, Rise Up program
• Hieu Nguyen, North Atlantic States Regional Council of Carpenters, Co-Chair of the Boston Sisters in the Brotherhood
• Sebrina Owens-Wilson, Regional Impact Program Manager, Portland, OR Metro
• Thia Tomasich, Fifth Year Apprentice, Ironworkers Local 10 (Kansas City)

Nov 17, 2021 04:00 PM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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